In our society we attach so much importance to our names. But as Shakespeare famously says, 'a rose by any other name would smell as sweet'. In essence we would still be who we are if our names were any different. Perhaps our egos would be different with another name, but our inner beings are a permanent unchangeable truth. Our names are a great tool for societies to function, help us find more meaning and get closer to our essences but they are not everything.
This is also true with regards to our physical mark on this world. It does not mean everything. To have left an imprint on this planet we do not need to have a ten foot building painted with our name on it, or be so incredibly famous that history will always remember us. Yes it is good to strive for goals, but to strive for the point of being remembered seems slightly futile. We will never know if we will be remembered. There are so many factors that could mean our lives are erased and ceased to be remembered.
Goals that seek to establish ourselves in people's memory are not a noble pursuit because they are inherently selfish and narcissistic. Goals where we seek to fulfil our purpose so that we can feel content and spread that joy to others are noble. Goals to improve and help others are the noble pursuit. Small acts of kindness in our everyday lives are the gems that build a better world. They are not monumental and unlikely to be remembered forever, but they plant seeds of hope in people's hearts, that blossom into beautiful changes, which spread positivity and joy throughout the world.
We matter not because we are a shining individual but because we are part of something bigger. We are part of a collective whole. What we do affects the people around us and the world we live in.
Our purpose is to find our own truths, through our names, or connections, or whatever means is accessible to us. And from that point step into the power of feeling part of the world. Rather than cutting away a path for ourselves in this world, surely it is far better to try and build a bridge towards each other. We are all intrinsically connected and what we do matters equally so much and so little.
We matter so little because we are just a speck on this Earth, but every speck has a domino effect. Each Domino affect can create positive, or negative spirals, that impact the world around us in infinite ways. We matter so much because of this and it is up to us to realise that our individual lives are not the most important thing. What is the most important thing is how we interact with one another on a day to day basis and what positive ripples we can make.
Maybe our purpose is to make little ripples of change, or huge tidal waves. Either way remember that be it slow, or sudden, the slightest positive change can be the deed that tips the balance.
I hope that you spread beautiful waves of change to the world around you
Naomi Leila Xx
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